Metal Binder Jetting
Automotive Polymers

EDEM and Barnes Group Advisors Partner to Simplify 3D Printing Through Simulation

Share this Article

EDEM is a specialist and market leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) software, going back to its founding in 2006. The company’s software is used for virtual testing of equipment that handles or processes bulk materials in the manufacturing of mining, construction, off-highway and agricultural machinery, in addition to the mining and process industries. This week, the company announced a partnership with the Barnes Group Advisors, which advises on and solves problems associated with additive manufacturing. The two companies will work together to advance the use of simulation to aid design decisions for equipment and processes in the additive manufacturing industry.

Specifically, EDEM and the Barnes Group Advisors are focusing on powder-based additive manufacturing. The quality and performance of a final part is highly dependent on the composition and behavior traits of the powder being used, as is the setup of the 3D printer itself. Starting to 3D print with a new material isn’t as easy as just dumping in the powder and starting up the machine – whenever a new material is introduced, the setup and design of the 3D printer’s components and operational conditions have to be reviewed and configured to effectively handle the new material. This can be time-consuming and involve trial and error testing.

EDEM and the Barnes Group Advisors are aiming to reduce the necessity of physical testing in these situations, and to save time by using computer-aided engineering and simulation instead. This software can also help the user to understand how 3D printers need to be configured to handle new powders. EDEM software is already used in multiple industries to simulate the behavior of a variety of bulk and granular materials, including powder processes. It has the potential to be applied to various aspects of the additive manufacturing process, including powder delivery, spreading and cleaning operations.

“The Barnes Group Advisors sees great need for validating simulation for powder flow and spreading scenarios as additive manufacturing continues its rapid expansion,” said John Barnes, Founder and Managing Director of the Barnes Group Advisors. “Part of that expansion is partly new types of materials and partly a need for more affordable materials.  How they behave in systems and designing systems to move particles around is going to be very important.  We see this activity as a win-win to be working with EDEM.”

The partnership between EDEM and the Barnes Group Advisors aims to use simulation tools to help users of additive manufacturing better understand the design of additive manufacturing equipment and processes, and to reduce reliance on physical testing for design work.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with The Barnes Group Advisors who are leaders in the field of additive manufacturing,” said Richard LaRoche, Chief Executive Officer of EDEM. “Our EDEM technology has already proven to be a key predictive tool in other industries handling powders such as the pharmaceutical sector and we are excited to explore how the additive manufacturing industry will be able to benefit from key design insights.”

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below. 

[Source/Images: Barnes Group Advisors]

 

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printed Homes Catch the Eyes of Policymakers Across the US

3D Printing News Unpeeled, Live with Joris Peels Thursday 18th of August



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing News Unpeeled, Live with Joris Peels Wednesday 17th of August

Today we’re talking about Spectroplast brings a silicone 3D printer on the market, the Pylo 3D printed bike helmet, a study on the effects 3D printing has on global trade,...

3D Printing News Unpeeled, Live with Joris Peels Tuesday 16th of August

Today we’re discussing a revolutionary new open printer for soft materials developed by Cambridge University researchers, Czinger making parts for Aston Martin, Astro America and America Makes BBF? and Craft...

3D Printing News Unpeeled, Live with Joris Peels Monday 15th of August

Today we’re looking at a company that says it is using a more sustainable 3D printing solution. As it’s using EPS foam, we’re a bit skeptical. We’re also looking at...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: August 14, 2022

This week, you can catch Markforged and Stratasys on the road, and ASTM continues its personnel certificate course. America Makes is celebrating its 10th anniversary and holding MMX, and Nexa3D...